Albatros G.II

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G.II
Role Medium bomber
Manufacturer Albatros Flugzeugwerke
First flight 1916[1]
Primary user Germany
Number built 1[1]

The Albatros G.II was a twin-engined German biplane bomber of World War I.[1]

Development[edit]

Designed as a medium bomber, the G.II did not share any attributes with the larger G.I, being a single bay biplane with thich section upper wings and rigid X member inter-plane struts. The graceful lines of the fuselage were spoilt by the twin nose-wheel assembly, intended to reduce damage on nose-overs and at rest with a forward centre of gravity. A conventional tail-unit terminated the rear fuselage. The engines were installed in pusher nacelles, supported by struts from the fuselage and the lower wing trailing edges had cut-outs to allow the engines to be mounted further forward than otherwise possible.[2] Only a single prototype was built which demonstrated a relatively poor performance so further development was concentrated on the more powerful Albatros G.III.[1]

Operators[edit]

 German Empire

Specifications (G.II)[edit]

Data from German Aircraft of the First World War[1]

  • Powerplant: 2 × Benz Bz.III 6 cyl. water-cooled in-line piston engine, 112 kW (150 hp) each

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Gray, Peter; Owen Thetford (1970). German Aircraft of the First World War (2nd ed.). London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-00103-6. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 53. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • S, W (September–October 2009). "Rara Avis - The Albatros G.II/G.III". Windsock Worldwide (Albatros Productions) 25 (5): 12–14.